Encouraging Higher Education and a Better Future for All.
At a time that it was considered the norm for Chicano college attendance to be very low, the only Chicano scholarship program in Waukesha was growing from a small grass roots idea into an incorporated entity. Originally called the Scholastic Fund for Mexican American Students, their plan was to raise the consciousness of local citizens to the importance of a college education for Waukesha’s Hispanic people. To do this, they have been involved in various fund raisers and local events to help bring the Hispanic culture to the city, including being part of the long running event, “Fiesta Waukesha,” from 1982 to 2005 and “Mexican Fiesta” in Milwaukee from 1977 to 2011.
The Scholastic Fund for Students of Hispanic Descent (SFSHD) began as a grassroots organization in 1963. It was the brainchild of two Mexican Waukesha high school students, Mary (Garcia) Benavides and Victoria (Hurtado) Herrera, whose goal was to encourage young Hispanics to attend college so that they can better themselves and, hopefully, the community around them. After two years of hard work and fundraising, the group was proud to award its first scholarship in 1965.
In 1974 they became a state recognized non-profit, charitable organization, making many of our efforts tax deductible to the public and local businesses. This change encouraged the organization to alter its bylaws to incorporate a wider range of applicants, not just Mexican American students. To reflect this change, we became the Scholastic Fund for Students of Hispanic Descent, allowing any Hispanic Waukesha City high school senior a chance for a higher education. In 2002 we developed The SFSHD Annual Golf Outing, our largest fundraiser, which averages about 100 golfers annually.
As of 2015 the organization has proudly awarded over 450 scholarships. With the help of our elected executive board, dedicated members, and a fantastic group of faithful volunteers, we hope to encourage the Waukesha Hispanic youth to strive for a higher education, a stronger community, and a better future for all.
This week we are happy to give $100 to SFSHD to help young Hispanic men and women pursue further education upon graduation from high school! As this year’s graduates get ready to head off to college, we hope you will consider donating to SFSHD as well. 🙂